Located just south of the Arctic Circle, Iceland is located on both a hotspot and the Mid Atlantic Ridge, which runs right through it. Combined this means that the location of the island has created a land which is extremely active geologically with an eruption every five years on average.
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Disponibilité: On request
La difficulté: Easy
Pick up & drop off in Reykjavik / Airport, guided Geothermal Energy tour, all relevant equipment.
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Warm clothes, sturdy shoes.
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Description du circuit
Despite its fiery nature, about one tenth of Iceland’s landmass is covered by glaciers, from whose icecaps flow many powerful rivers, providing the nation with a wealth of hydro-power. The country’s geographical peculiarities have endowed Iceland with both an abundant supply of geothermal resources and hydropower.
Iceland has succeeded in doing what many modern nations consider to be impossible: transforming its energy system from fossil fuels to clean energy. The use of geothermal energy in Iceland is highly cost-effective, reliable and clean. This is also a socially important acheivement which has dramatically increased the quality of life of the inhabitants here in Iceland.
Iceland's precipitation combined with the extensive highlands have together provided an enormous energy potential of up to 220 TWh/yr. Of the primary energy consumption in Iceland, in 2008, 20% was generated from hydropower. The total electricity production was in 2008, 12,5 TWh from hydro.
Iceland is a pioneer in the use of geothermal energy for space heating. Generating electricity with geothermal energy has increased significantly in recent years. Geothermal power facilities currently generate 25% of the country's total electricity production.
In Iceland, various high tech geothermal power plants, as well as hydropower plants, have an open door policy and offer tours around their facilities, explaining the technical aspects of how they generate power.
The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa offering a unique experience based on bathing in the Blue Lagoon´s geothermal brine, a unique ecocycle in which high technology and nature work in perfect harmony in Iceland’s extreme environment.
Nauthólsvík Geothermal Beach
In Iceland the sea is normally far too cold to tempt swimmers. However, at Nautholsvik Bay in Reykjavik, a thermal beach has been created, where natural hot water flows out into the sea, and you can swim and frolic in the waves as if you were in the Mediterranean!
The heating of outdoor swimming pools is amongst the most important uses of geothermal energy in Iceland. There are 136 recreational swimming centers in Iceland using geothermal heat. One of the delights of a visit to Iceland is bathing in one of the many thermal pools, filled with geothermally heated water. The pools are mostly open-air and are always pleasantly warm - whatever the weather - most also have outdoor whirlpools or ‘hot-pots’ to bask in before or after swimming.